Routes to a Linen Legacy 19 September 2018

Journeys in Design is developing a local legacy project in each Scottish town on Our Linen Stories tour and we look forward to reporting more over the winter months. Fife is a fascinating county full of a rich trading and industrial heritage relating to flax and linen and as your curator’s recent travels reveal, alive […]

Our Linen Library 30 August 2018

With each exhibition stop on Our Linen Stories Tour we have included books of relevance to each locality in addition to the key texts presented in the core exhibition. In Fife we are delighted to feature three books: ‘Duel’, ‘From Hill to Sea’ and ‘Kirkcaldy Harbour’. ‘Duel‘ (Canongate 2005) is a riveting account by James Landale, of the […]

The Flax Fields of Fife 15 August 2018

Dear Friends, It’s a fond farewell to The Borders and the fine folk of Selkirk with many thanks to colleagues at The Haining and in the Borders museums, galleries and businesses for their collaboration. Particular thanks to those who have added to our journey with their own Linen Story, building our intriguing and engaging Borders Linen […]
Haining Loch

Hidden Treasures 11 July 2018

As Scotland basks in the full sun of summer, Our Linen Stories Tour continues this month as we bring the exhibition to The Scottish Borders: Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July 10am to 4pm daily. Free to enter and all welcome. At each tour stop we deepen Our Linen Stories themes, examining how design relates to specific […]

Creative Homelands 1 June 2018

Our Linen Stories begin with tales of persecution and displacement in eighteenth century Europe with reflections on the benefits of emigration for creative industry in Scotland, Ireland and Holland. The Huguenots fled France and transferred their craft and commercial technologies to receptive new homelands elsewhere, including to Scotland: our linen trade was a massive beneficiary. In Edinburgh, the […]

Words of Wisdom 15 May 2018

It is with real sadness and respect that we acknowledge the passing of Jim Adams this weekend in Edinburgh. Jim and Betta Adams have been supporters of our journey since inception in 2014. Wherever our journey led, Jim was never without pertinent facts at his fingertips, taking joy in their sharing: we’ll miss his erudition […]

Stories and Songs 10 May 2018

Dear Friends, Thanks to all who made our Opening Weekend so special: over 200 folk enjoyed the sunshine on Leith and the fun inside Custom Lane. Particular thanks go to Deirdre Brock, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith who ‘cut the linen ribbon’ at noon on Saturday 5 May to launch Our Tour. Deirdre also […]

Talking of Design 26 April 2018

Dear Friends, As an integral part of Our Linen Stories we invite you to three intriguing talks about Design taking place this May at Custom Lane in Leith. We are delighted to announce today that this season our talks are free to attend as a result of the generous support of our new industry sponsor: Creative Composites. Whether you’re […]

Weaving Well-Being 10 April 2018

Journeys in Design recognises the power of Creative energy in helping all of us to heal and thrive. The academic literature across several disciplines testifies to the benefits of Creative endeavour – easing the troubled mind through focus away from self and in fellowship with others. We continue to support and collaborate with several groups […]

Our Linen Stories 5 April 2018

Dear Friends, We are delighted to introduce Our Linen Stories, a material adventure from historical context to contemporary product, highlighting the work of twelve talented designers at home and abroad and celebrating this most European of all the sustainable textiles. As part of the new Journeys in Design: Material World series, curated by John Ennis, Our Linen […]

Welcome to Journeys in Design

Dear Friends, Delighted to welcome you to our newly evolving programme of exhibitions and events called Journeys in Design. More details to follow soon: we are launching our new Material World series in May 2018 with Our Linen Stories ( ; plans are in place for a new Making Well series launching in October; finally, […]